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Avoiding the Christmas credit card hangover

By Richard Symes

Tis’ the season to be jolly; however for many come 2014, it could be the season to be sorry.

Blogger: Richard Symes, CEO, Credit Repair Australia

Once the Christmas cheer has well and truly worn off, suffering from a credit card hangover could lead to more serious problems such as a default on your credit report.

According to Commonwealth Bank, Australians are predicted to spend $18 billion this Christmas season, a further $2.2 billion more than last year. Getting swept up in the spirit of Christmas can lead to spending over and above your income, leaving your credit card to make up the difference.

Credit reporting agency Veda Advantage says Australians usually apply for more credit between October and December and those that receive the credit are 8 times more likely to have a black mark on their credit report in the New Year.

Over spending on credit cards can have a flow on effect on your other financial commitments, leaving you short to pay bills. In turn, a bill that is left unpaid for 60 days or more registers a black mark on your credit report that lasts 5 to 7 years.  So, if you have plans that involve seeking financing between now and 2020 – be it a mortgage, car loan or new mobile phone plan – a Christmas credit card hangover is something to avoid at all costs.

If this sounds familiar, it doesn’t have to be you. Here are some tips to help manage Christmas spending:

1.    It may sound simple, but leaving your credit cards at home and shopping with cash this Christmas, will help to not add more to your current credit card debt
2.    Don’t ignore your credit card problems. Pushing aside the monthly credit card statements won’t help your financial situation  
3.    If you are struggling to make repayments, speak to your creditors. Many understand the stress related to this time of year and may arrange a temporary payment plan to help get you back on track
4.    Be prepared. Plan a Christmas budget and start saving now for 2014. Putting aside a small amount each week can make it easier to pay for the festive period when it comes around again

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About the Blogger

Richard Symes

Richard Symes

Richard Symes is the CEO and founder of Credit Repair Australia, the leading provider of credit and debt solutions. Richard pioneered the credit restoration sector and developed Australia’s first credit restoration process over a decade ago, allowing Australians to have black marks completely removed from their credit report. In 1999 Richard also played a pivotal role in using new Australian laws to develop workable solutions for people struggling with debt. Known as Credit Repair Australia’s debt solutions, these options now allow Australians to pay back their debts at an amount that is affordable, which may not include interest or paying the full amount of what is owed.

“We are good at what we do because we believe in what we do. We enjoy helping people get their lives back, especially when they are affected by their credit rating. We built Credit Repair Australia with one purpose in mind, to get results that can give people back control of your life.”

For more information on Credit Repair Australia visit www.creditrepairaustralia.com

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Purchasing their first property 15 years ago with the intention of creating a property portfolio which would see them comfortably supported during their retirement, Max and Jeanette Schudeboom now have a portfolio of 13 properties.

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Max and Jeanette joins  host Phil Tarrant to discuss their property journey, compare the Australian market to Max’s home town of Holland, and share their plans to maintain the size of their portfolio.

The pair also unpack how they manage and finance their portfolio, discuss the process they go through when choosing where to invest, and share the tips learned from 15 years as property investors.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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Property investors are now able to identify and bid on auctions remotely using a new live-streaming functionality launched by Gavl.

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Called “Request an Auction”, the new functionality enables users to watch and bid on any Sydney or Melbourne auction remotely.

Through Gavl, prospective buyers are now able to register to bid on their preferred auction. The platform will obtain permission from the listing agent and confirm within 48 hours.

Vendors can also request to have their auctions broadcast to a larger buyer audience.

Co-founder Joel Smith said that auctions streamed on Gavl attract 47 per cent more viewers than traditional ones.

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If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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How a move to Hong Kong impacted Julia’s Australian property goals

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